Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.

Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.
The return of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica was watched by 4.7 million viewers, and brought MTV more viewers ages 12 to 34 than any other network, broadcast or cable. Although ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, which followed Nick and Jessica, “dropped roughly one-quarter of Newlyweds’ total audience,” it was still “MTV’s highest-rated series premiere among viewers 12-34″ with 3.3 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As a result of MTV’s draw, along with the return of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show and USA Network’s Monk, FX’s Todd TV debuted with under a million viewers. That was less than half of the viewers who tuned in before it to watch a rerun of the Ashton Kutcher vehicle “Dude, Where’s My Car.” Apparently, people would rather watch a certain pop star act stupid than vote to make a 30-something waiter look stupid.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.